Loney has improved his average from .273 to .284 with 17 hits in his last 47 at-bats and four multi-hit games in the last five. But he has just two extra-base hits with no home runs since July 1 and four RBI since July 2.
He has, however, been more than serviceable this season with 47 RBI and 41 runs scored in 99 games.
Ruggiano has not played since Tuesday, and continues to receive treatment for the injury> He is day to day at this point.
Sandoval had nine hits in six games before the break and is 10-for-31 since despite managing just one hit in the last two games. He has both scored and driven in seven runs in the last 10 games to sweeten his stat line to .277/.327/.433.
Kiermaier has just one hit in his last eight at-bats after an 11-for-18 tear, but has five walks in the last three games as his on-base percentage remains strong at .360. His eight home runs in 170 at-bats has resulted in a fine .553 slugging percentage this season.
One might have expected that the production of 40-year-old future Hall of Fame shortstop
Jeter has been serviceable for the
A current .256 batting average owned by
Peralta has been steadily improving all his numbers. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, during which time his average has soared 17 points. He has three home runs since July 3. His overall production has been decent. Peralta owns a stat line of .256/.331/.453 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI in 344 at-bats.
Negative X-rays could allow him to make his next start Tuesday in Kansas City.
"[I] feel a responsbility to not miss any time," Hughes told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.
Hughes has given up 12 earned runs on 25 hits in the last 15 innings to lower his record to 10-7 and raise his ERA to 4.10.
Appel, who entered the start with a 10.80 ERA in 11 starts, tossed a season-long six innings while using just 74 pitches, according to the Houston Chronicle. Appel allowed two runs on five hits in his six innings of work while striking out a season-high seven batters in the game. Lancaster manager Rodney Liranes said it was the best outing he has seen from Appel.
"I was really, really impressed," Linares said. "He still had something in the tank to go back out, but it was just such a great outing and a good game that I wanted to stop it right there and start from there for the next time."
Appel still has a 9.74 ERA in 44 1/3 innings of work for the season, while allowing 15 hits and 1.8 home runs per nine innings. He has 40 strikeouts and 11 walks in 44 1/3 innings on the season.
In the wake of a trade for possible replacement Joakim Soria,
Nathan has been working on that pitch recently. That work certainly paid off in that appearance.
"That was as long as I've seen his slider, I think all year possibly," Brad Ausmus told mlbblogs.com. "It was clear that the hitters weren't picking up the rotation on his slider. It looked like a fastball to them and they swung right over the top. That's the slider I remember facing. ... You start your swing and it just drops out of the strike zone. It almost has a split-finger action to it."
Nathan has been coming around after his latest slump. He has pitched scoreless ball in his last three outings with five strikeouts and just one hit allowed in three innings. He has picked up two saves in the process.
The Rangers will purchase Williams' contract from Triple-A Round Rock prior to the start, though it is not yet clear what the corresponding roster move will be. Williams has not started in the majors since 2012, and has a 6.10 ERA in 10 1/3 innings at Round Rock this season.